Richard L. Bryant
Professor Bryant, Adjunct Professor of Industrial Administration, received his BA from Denison University in 1975 and MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 1980. Following six years with H.J. Heinz Company in their Corporate M&A and Treasury areas, Bryant became Reebok International's Treasurer in 1988 and in 1993, Chief Financial Officer of Hefren-Tillotson, a broker/dealer and investment advisor. Professor Bryant joined the Tepper School in 1999 as the Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon's Computational Finance Program and over the years has taught both in Tepper's undergraduate finance program and in the MSCF program.
Rick Green is the Richard M. and Margaret S. Professor of Financial Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has served on the faculty since 1982. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the University of British Columbia. Rick’s research concerns the effects of risk and taxation on the pricing of financial assets, financial intermediation, and corporate decision making. His articles have appeared in numerous finance and economics journals. He has been a Co-Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, Associate Editor of several professional journals in finance, and Editor of the Journal of Finance. Rick has served as President of the Western Finance Association, President of the Society for Financial Studies, and President of the American Finance Association. He is a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the Financial Management Association. At Carnegie Mellon he has taught corporate finance and investments in all the business school’s programs. He was awarded the George Leland Bach Teaching Award by the graduating class of 1996, and won the Commerce Graduate Society Teaching Excellence Award during his year as a visitor at British Columbia. He has served as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.
Javier Pena is a Professor of Operations Research at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 1998. His teaching and research interests include financial optimization, machine learning, and convex optimization. Dr Pena's publications have appeared in journals such as Quantitative Finance, Journal of Risk, Mathematics of Operations Research, and the SIAM Journal on Optimization. Dr. Pena has consulted with Axioma Inc. in the development and implementation of algorithmic tools for portfolio management. Dr. Pena was the recipient of the 2005 George Leland Bach MBA Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom.
Associate Teaching Professor of Business Management Communication and Director of the Center for Excellence in Communication and Leadership at Tepper where she has taught for 17 years. Evelyn completed her terminal degree in 1991 in Fine Arts (Writing) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and consulting focuses on the development and implementation of executive problem-solving skills in communications, corporate leadership and communication strategies, cross-team collaboration, and team building. She has been awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, B.S. Business Administration Program in 2004 as well as the Department of Industrial Management Undergraduate Teaching Award, GSIA in 1996. In 1998, Evelyn coached the Grand Prize team at the EDS International Case Competition. She regularly consults with PNC Bank, Bayer, Inc., Medrad, Inc., Alcoa, LifeCare Residency Services, Corazon Consulting, and Spann Consulting.
Bryan Routledge is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University in 1987. His research focuses on a broad selection of topics in finance. Current research applies quantitative text analysis and natural language processing to economic and financial research questions (e.g, how management discussion and analysis conveys risk, and how Twitter can track public opinion). Other recent research investigates the quantitative properties of asset prices and macroeconomics such as the positive correlation of asset returns with future economic growth and understanding the connection between risk attitudes and asset pricing dynamics, and the risk premia of commodity prices. He is an associate editor at the Journal of Quantitative Finance and the Critical Review of Finance and current Secretary Treasurer of the Western Finance Association. Teaching includes "Corporate Finance," "Private Equity and Venture Capital", and "Alpha: Implementing Quantitative Strategies."
Duane J. Seppi
BNY Mellon Professor of Finance at the Tepper School of Business. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1988. His teaching and research interests include energy and commodity derivatives, stochastic volatility modeling, market microstructure, limit orders, and liquidity. His research has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and other leading finance and economics journals. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Markets, and the Review of Finance. He was a visiting scholar at the US Securities and Exchange Commission and at Nanyang Business School.
Richard O. Young
Teaching Professor in Management Communication received his Ph. D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 with a dissertation on the differences between expert and novice management consultants. Since then, he has served as a management consultant for a number of U.S. firms and start-ups. Dr. Young's research is focused on conflict resolution and on the decision-making expertise of the audiences of managers. He has presented many papers at national conferences. He is the author of How Audiences Decide: A Cognitive Approach to Business Communication, New York: Routledge, 2011.
Ariel Zetlin-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 2004. Ariel's research focuses on the interaction of finance and the macroeconomy, including an examination of the causes of financial crises and the quantitative effects of disturbances in financial markets on broader economic activity. Ariel's research on the nature of collapses in secondary loan markets (e.g., the market for mortgage-backed securities) is to be published in the American Economic Review. Additionally, Ariel is a co-organizer of the Tepper-LAEF "Advances in Macro-Finance" Conference.